Wednesday, 1 August 2012
Born: June 9, 1992 Nîmes, France
Yannick Agnel is a French swimmer and national record holder in the 200 and 400 m freestyle (long course). At the 2010 European Aquatics Championships, Agnel won three medals, including gold in the 400 m freestyle. Agnel is also a nine-time medalist at the European Junior Swimming Championships. He has won two Olympic gold medals, both at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
er of the 4×200 m freestyle relay that won gold ahead of Russia and Italy.
In April 2010, Agnel set the French record in the 200 m freestyle with a time of 1:46.35 to beat Amaury Leveaux's record of 1:46.54. In June 2010, he improved his record in the 200 m freestyle with a time of 1:46.30.
At the 2010 European Junior Swimming Championships, Agnel set the French record in the 400 m freestyle with a time of 3:46.26 to beat Nicolas Rostoucher's record of 3:46.28 en-route to winning gold.
At the 2010 European Aquatics Championships, Agnel won gold in the 400 m freestyle setting a new French and championships record. Agnel then combined with Fabien Gilot, William Meynard, and Alain Bernard in the 4×100 m freestyle relay to finish second behind Russia. As the second leg, Agnel had a 48.23 split. As the leadoff leg in the 4×200 m freestyle relay, Agnel broke his own French record in the 200 m freestyle with a time of 1:45.83. Agnel, with Clement Lefert, Antton Haramboure, and Jérémy Stravius finished in third place in the 4×200 m freestyle relay behind Russia and Germany.
At the 2011 World Aquatics Championships in Shanghai, Agnel competed in three events. In his first event, the 400 m freestyle, Agnel finished in 6th place with a time of 3:45.24. In his second event, the 200 m freestyle, Agnel finished in fifth place with a time of 1:44.99, a new French record. Agnel won his only medal of the competition, a silver, in the 4×200 m freestyle relay. Teaming with Grégory Mallet, Jérémy Stravius, and Fabien Gilot, their team had a final time of 7:04.81, a new French record. The United States finished 1st with a time of 7:02.67.
In the 2012 Olympics in London Agnel anchored a come-from-behind gold medal effort in the 4x100 meter freestyle. Agnel pulled ahead of American Ryan Lochte in the final lap and France won with a time of 3:09:93 to the United States' time of 3:10:38. He also won gold at the 200 meter freestyle final with a time of 1:43.14, the fastest in French swimming history, as well as a silver medal in the 4 x 200 m freestyle relay.